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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 / Vladimir Jurowski, London PO

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this live 2010 concert performance including the Symphony's original second movement 'Blumine'. 'Jurowski made the first movement magnificent, generating a tremendous dramatic radiance.' Paul Driver, The Times, 12 Dec 2010. 'This poised and delicate account showed Blumine's freshness and charm as part of an overall reading with an absolute identification with the material, demonstrating Jurowski's flair for Mahler.' George Hall, The Guardian, 6 Dec 2010

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (12/04/2010).


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This new CD of Mahler's now-beloved First Symphony, performed by the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, is among a smaller group of recordings of this symphony in that it contains the Blumine movement initially included by Mahler but omitted in his final version. That said, there is plenty of competition for the preferred recording, because there are at least eight other CDs available that also offer the five-movement version. (If you prefer the four-movement version, there are over 50 recordings from which to choose.)
This Symphony is certainly unusual in that it started life as a five-movement work. When it received its premiere in Budapest in 1889 it was presented as a "Symphonic Poem in Two Parts." Mahler subsequently called it the "Titan" symphony after the celebrated novel of that name by Jean Paul Richter. Mahler stated that the parts and movements were to be as follows: Part I; From the Days of Youth, Flowers, and Thorns - (1) Spring without End: (2) Blumine (A chapter of Flowers); (3) Under Full Sail. Part II: Commedia Umana - (4) The Hunter's Funeral procession; (5) Dall' Inferno al Paradiso (from Hell to Paradise). Mahler omitted the movement titles for the final four-movement version. The finale recalls several themes, including the one from the Blumine movement.
So is there anything that makes this CD stand out above the other available five-movement versions? In my opinion, no single feature but rather the cumulative effect of several positive features - the London Symphony Orchestra under Jurowski delivers superb, crisp playing, average tempi, and overall an excellent performance that is at least as fine as any of its competitors. The recorded sound is excellent with the short reverberation time typically experienced in London's Royal Festival Hall (RFH). Although this is a live recording, I heard no audience noises, which is remarkable because of the famously sensitive acoustic properties of the RFH. Also, thankfully there is no audience applause after the performance. The dynamic range is impressive. As with so many fine modern recordings, your choice of which to buy may depend upon your loyalty to a specific orchestra or conductor. If you are seeking a CD of this symphony, I think that this version will please you.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 06/17/13 by Ted Wilks 
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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 60 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?/?1884-03/1888
  • Studio/Live: Live